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    Yeah, I already read up about the HD radio solution. I paid $23.00 shipped for the USB radio. If it works, it's money well spent as far as I'm concerned. You can't expect these USB radios to work without a proper aerial. That's never going to happen. I think most people either don't take the time to properly hook one up, or do it incorrectly. It has to be grounded to the USB or it's going to suffer massive amounts of interference.

    If it doesn't work well in the car, I already will have an antenna installed and can easily go to HD radio. No loss except the $23.00 for the USB radio. It's worth it whether it works or not as far as I'm concerned.
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    I use one of these in my car all the time, the silabs unit is the current best fm solution, the dll included with freeice is a very good work in progress, the skipping started a few weeks ago but its not as bad as once every ten seconds, sometimes I can go an 8 hr shift in the taxi without a skip, another night i may notice it 3 or 4 times, its this random nature what does not help find why it does it, but i think its got something to do with the way windows shares time slices etc.
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    Is there any difference between this brando-radio and silabs-radio? Silabs has rds but brando doesn't? Where can i order cheapest silabs-radio?

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    Guys can you tell me where to solder my motorola connecter extension cable to on this board please?

    There's the hole for the original small antenna and there's 4 points on the back of the board marked C2D, C2CK, GND and 5V(NC)

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    I've wired the middle wire from the connector the hole on the board and connected the shielding to the outside of the usb plug but the reception is very touch and go.
    Please advise on how to improve this guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabo View Post
    I've wired the middle wire from the connector the hole on the board and connected the shielding to the outside of the usb plug but the reception is very touch and go.
    Please advise on how to improve this guys!
    Yeah I'd like a bit of direction regarding this as well. Is grounding it to the outer sleeve of the USB connector the best thing to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabo View Post
    I've wired the middle wire from the connector the hole on the board and connected the shielding to the outside of the usb plug but the reception is very touch and go.
    Please advise on how to improve this guys!
    Was just about to do this. Anyone give any tips before I tear into it?

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    OK i got the Brando radio and soldered on an antenna adapter, finally radio works although the signal is very low and i dont catch all stations. I am also using the standard silabs plugin for CF 2.

    I am facing a major problem, on exiting the Radio app the radio keeps playing and does not stop. Is this a common problem ?

    cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blbrchnk View Post
    Was just about to do this. Anyone give any tips before I tear into it?
    I did exactly as was said above and while it works, it doesn't work as well as my old regular radio and there is a great deal more static.

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